Home remedies for dry hair
Dry hair tends to be thin and rough. It is susceptible to tangles, damage, breakage and split ends. We suggest a few remedies you can try at home for managing dry hair.
The primary aim is to replenish the oil and the moisture in the hair. That is why the emphasis is on the conditioning aspect of hair care. Strong cleansing routines and dry toning exercises and massaging of the scalp promote dryness and flakiness of the scalp.
The use of strong-action shampoo is prohibited for dry hair. Often a generous oil application and massage is recommended before washing the hair. Frequent shampooing is harmful for dry hair.
For the moisture-dry hair, a moisturiser application is required.
Home remedy for dry hair: The Gentle Cleanser
- Beat an egg in a cup of skimmed milk. When the foam becomes consistent, rub it into the scalp. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse the hair thoroughly with water. Carry out this routine twice a week .
- Take a cup of coconut milk and add two tablespoons of gram flour or one teaspoon of shikakai. Apply on your scalp and hair and massage gently. Rinse it out after five minutes. Follow this recipe at least once a week.
Another dry hair home remedy: The Protein Conditioner
Beat one tablespoon of castor oil, one tablespoon of glycerine, a teaspoon of cider vinegar and a teaspoon of protein, plus a tablespoon of mild herbal shampoo. Apply it on scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with clear water.
A Special Massage Oil/Toner
Get a bottle of castor oil or coconut oil. Add a teaspoon of lavender essential oil in it. Heat a little and massage it gently in your scalp at night. Rinse or shampoo it out in the morning. Follow this routine atleast twice a week.
Other tips on home basd treament of dry hair
- First assess whether your scalp and hair are moisture dry or oil-dry.
- Condition your hair as often as you wash it.
- Never comb, brush or massage vigorously if the hair is extremely dry.
Before any kind of routine care is followed, be familiar with the needs of your scalp and hair.
Shampoo with care.
“It’s in vogue these days to shampoo every day, but shampooing doesn’t only wash away dirt, it washes out the hair’s protective oils,” says Thomas Goodman, Jr., M.D., a dermatologist from Memphis, Tennessee, and assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. If you’ve dried your hair out from too much lather, give your hair a needed break—try washing less often. And use only a mild shampoo, one labeled “for dry or damaged hair.”
Use a conditioner
When hair becomes dry, the outer layers, called cuticles, peel off from the central shaft. Conditioners glue the cuticles back to the shaft, add lubricant to the hair, and prevent static electricity (which creates frizz). Pick a conditioner that works well for you and use it after every shampoo, says Dr. Goodman.
Go heavy on the mayo
“Mayonnaise makes an excellent conditioner,” says Steven Docherty, senior art director at New York City’s Vidal Sassoon Salon. He advises you to leave the oily white goo in your hair for anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour before washing it out.
Snip off those frayed ends.
Dry hair tends to suffer most at the ends. The answer? Snip ’em off, says Anja Vaisanen, a hair stylist at New York City’s stylish Suga Salon. Once every six weeks or so should keep those frayed ends under control.
Design your hair without heat
Heat is what makes the desert a desert; it also contributes to dried-out hair. Two of the most intense sources of heat are curling irons and electric curlers, says Joanne Harris, a hairdresser in Los Angeles whose clients include many Hollywood stars. She suggests you rediscover those (unheated) plastic cylinder rollers from years gone by. For straightening, wrap slightly moist hair under and around rollers (like a page boy hairdo) for about 10 minutes. For curling or adding wave, try using sponge rollers overnight or sleeping with moist braids.
Protect your hair from the elements
“Whipping wind can fray your hair just like a piece of fabric,” says Docherty. Sun, too, takes a mighty toll. Solution: Wear a hat, both on breezy, balmy summer days, and gusty, frosty winter days.
Don’t swim bare headed
“Chlorine is one of the most destructive things to hair,” says Docherty. So make a rubber cap part of your regular swim attire. For extra protection, he says, first rub a little olive oil into your hair.
Have a beer
“Beer is a wonderful setting lotion. It gives a crisp, healthy, shiny look, even to dry hair,” says Docherty. The trick is to spray the brew onto your hair using a pump bottle after you’ve shampooed and towel-dried, but before you blow-dry or style. And don’t worry about smelling like a lush—the odor of the beer quickly disappears, says Docherty.
Consider a trip to the beauty parlor
Our experts agree that a professional moisturizing treatment can work wonders for your dried-out head of hair. “A real good steam treatment with oils and creams lasts about an hour, and afterward you can really tell the difference,”
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